After the disappointment of their 2-1 defeat at league leaders AFC Wimbledon in their last outing, Crawley Wasps returned to winning ways in style, seeing off Bexhill United 5-0 thanks to a dominant display.
Wasps came racing out of the blocks at Ewhurst on Sunday, taking control from the first whistle and never relenting. Their early possession and pressure paid off after 10 minutes, when Rebecca Carter fired the home side in front.
And it wasn’t long before a great long-range strike from Jade Simmons doubled their lead.
A brilliant display of passing and moving meant Wasps created chance after chance and summer signing Gemma Villette made it three midway through the half, firing in a left-footed effort from a corner.
Not long after, the hosts were out of sight when a drilled cross from Carter was tapped home by Toni Smith, before substitute Beks Dunt hit Wasps’ fifth before the break.
Bexhill upped their game in the second half but Wasps could have extended their lead further, with efforts from Carter and Faye Rabson cleared off the line, and the visitors’ goalkeeper denying both Carter and Smith in one-on-ones.
Lisa Richards fired a shot narrowly over the bar late on but a lack of a second-half goal takes nothing away from Wasps’ excellent performance, which allowed stand-in goalkeeper Natalie Stephenson an easy afternoon.
Wasps host Fulham next Sunday at Three Bridges, 2pm kick-off.
Opposition Player of the Match: Toni Smith